Guns Make It Easier
I will always remember the first time I pulled a trigger. I was 10 years old when my dad took my sister and I to a gun range. Just knowing that I would get the chance to hold a gun made me feel grown. Shooting at the targets with the rifle, or just shooting aimlessly, was probably the most nerve-wrecking and exhilarating experience I had as a kid. Since I was young, I didn’t fully understand the power or danger of a gun. To me, guns were just toys for big men but as I got older, guns became a scarier reality. There has been an ongoing debate about whether or not there should be gun control but after seeing all the various shootings on T.V, it’s apparent that gun control needs to be enforced. Think about it: how many more lives would be saved if there were more gun laws and regulations put in place?
In America, 111,000 people are shot in one year on average, 33,000 people die from gun violence and 79,000 are shot and survive. These stats include gun violence pertaining to murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention (“Key Gun Violence Statistics”). Not …show more content…
To put the AR-15 into perspective, it is an assault rifle that’s similar to the guns used by the San Bernardino and Orlando shooters, which were bought legally. The AR-15 magazine capacity is 30 rounds (bullets). The effective rate of fire is 45 rounds per minute, the muzzle velocity is 3,260 feet per second, and the max accurate range is 550 meters. Now let’s compare those numbers to that of a musket. The musket’s magazine capacity is 1 round (bullet). The effective rate of fire is 3 rounds per minute, the muzzle velocity is 1,000 feet per second, and the max accurate range is 50 meters (Ingraham). It doesn’t take a genius to notice the big difference between the two